Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you probably found out about the death of one of the most prolific and popular DJs in the world, Avicii. Better known by his stage name, Swedish musician Tim Bergling enjoyed worldwide success and was appreciated by the younger generation.
He started his career at the age of 16 and, until his recent death, in April 2018, has released numerous songs that captured the attention of the public and brought him fame. However, his story is less about success and more about exhausting work and endless hours spent recording and writing lyrics. Here is everything you may want to know about the former Swedish DJ.
The early years
Bergling was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in September 1989 and many of his former friends and colleagues claim he was always a very sensitive and passionate person. He was always interested in music and, at the age of 16, he started posting remixes of his favorite songs in online forums of electronic music. Eventually, he landed his first record label deal.
His first musical success was with the single “Levels” launched in 2011. In 2013, Avicii released his first studio album which received positive reviews from the critics and the fans. His most notable success was the lead single “Wake Me Up”, which managed to become number one in numerous European countries, including Sweden, and scored the 4th position in the American charts.
The peak years
Right after his debut album in 2011, Bergling started touring and became a common face at the most important music festivals and events in the world. He was known for his deep house and progressive house genres but also enjoyed making electronic music with various influences of funk, folk, country, and even blues and soul.
His inspiration came from bands like Swedish House Mafia and Daft Punk and he was also a source of inspiration to many new musicians, including Martin Garrix, Diplo, Kygo or Skrillex.
He performed on the world’s biggest stages and was a regular at popular festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, and Creamfields.
The hectic world of music and constant tours finally took their toll as Avicii had to step aside from the spotlight in 2016. He was exhausted and gave up touring to follow a long period of rehab away from the world of music.
He was known to suffer from pancreatitis due to heavy consumption of alcohol and he was also battling with depression and anxiety. However, his death took everyone by surprise, especially since he only released his second studio album in August 2017. He passed away on April 20, 2018, in Muscat, Oman.
In an open letter released by his family members, it was stated that the young DJ was suffering from health issues and mental problems for many years. Later on, it was confirmed that Bergling committed suicide. If you want to learn more about his life and career, you should watch the documentary “Avicii: True Stories” released in 2017.